February 15, 2016

Mercy Medical Center outreach team on medical mission in Dominican Republic

A team of physicians, nurses and a pharmacist from Mercy Medical Center left February 5 for a trip to the Dominican Republic to provide clinical and surgical care for those in need at Antonio Musa Hospital in San Pedro, which is the country’s poorest city.

This year’s trip is the 23rd medical mission to the Dominican Republic for Mercy International Mission Outreach. Coordinated by Misty Camp, RN, pain medicine, the team also includes:

  • Mercy physicians Dr. David Gormsen and Dr. David Gutlove
  • Luke Fawcett, clinical pharmacist
  • Kris Allard, RN
  • Cheryl Ramsey, RN
  • Alex Camacho, RN student and clinical engineer

Eighteen additional friends of Mercy Medical Center, family members, retirees and physicians joined the team. Mercy International Mission Outreach received support from Brothers’ Brother Foundation of Pittsburgh, which provided medications and surgical supplies.

Upon arrival, the team put together the surgical suites, clinic and pharmacy. The clinic is seeing an average of 200 patients in each of the first couple days, and has performed more than a dozen surgeries. 

“For every obstacle and challenge we've encountered, struggles disappear when you see a child in need,” said Camp. 

One day, a portion of the surgical team travelled to the town of Samana on a fact-finding mission. It was a six-hour, round-trip van ride. They visited a hospital that is currently under construction and received a guided tour by the hospital administrator. 

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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